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BOOK REVIEW: Fairynan's Flights of Fancy

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

FAIRYNAN’S FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Dulcie Matthews, £6.99 ISBN 978-1-908098887

BOOK REVIEW: A Vicarage Changes Hands

The Westmorland Gazette:

4:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A VICARAGE CHANGES HANDS by John Ward, £6.50 ISBN 978-0-948655142

BOOK REVIEW: McDougalls and Gunpowder

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014


BOOK REVIEW: Lancashire Folk Tales

1:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

LANCASHIRE FOLK TALES by David England and Jennie Bailey, £9.99 ISBN 978-0-742489933

BOOK REVIEW: The Lake District - A Dog Walker's Guide by Peter Naldrett, £7.95 ISBN 978-1-846743214

The Westmorland Gazette: PET PROJECT: Guide to great dog walks in the Lakes

7:30am Sunday 22nd June 2014

THIS pet owners’ guide could prove a useful gift for those people who say that having a dog is the only thing that gets them out and about.

BOOK REVIEW: Lake District Icons

2:00pm Sunday 15th June 2014

LAKE DISTRICT ICONS by Michaela Robinson-Tate and Phil Rigby, £12.99 ISBN 978-0-7509-5910-0

BOOK REVIEW: The Yorkshire Shepherdess

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: The Yorkshire Shepherdess

12:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014


BOOK REVIEW: The Photographer's Guide To The Yorkshire Dales by Ellen Bowness, £12.95 ISBN 978-0992683412

The Westmorland Gazette: ICONIC: Pointer to best places to take landscape photos in the Dales

5:20pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

LAKE District-based publisher Ellen Bowness has turned her attention to the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales for this landscape photography guide.

BOOK REVIEW: Special Forces Pilot

The Westmorland Gazette: Special Forces Pilot

10:10am Sunday 8th June 2014

SPECIAL FORCES PILOT by Richard Hutchings, £12.99 ISBN 978-1-473823174

BOOK REVIEW: The Railways of Carnforth

The Westmorland Gazette: The Railways of Carnforth

2:00pm Saturday 7th June 2014

THE RAILWAYS OF CARNFORTH by Philip Grosse, £25 ISBN 978-0-956970916

Debut novel depicts horrors of war

The Westmorland Gazette: The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

11:27am Friday 23rd May 2014

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee (Atlantic Books, £12.99, hardback)

New book puts Brantwood's inspiring gardens in the spotlight

The Westmorland Gazette: John Ruskin

8:10am Tuesday 20th May 2014

John Ruskin the gardener.

BOOK REVIEW: Cross Fell and Mines of the Cumbrian Fells

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Cross Fell and Mines of the Cumbrian Fells

3:00pm Sunday 18th May 2014


BOOK REVIEW: The Ghost of the Trenches

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: The Ghost of the Trenches

3:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

THE GHOST OF THE TRENCHES by Helen Watts & Taffy Thomas, £5.99 ISBN 978-1-4729-0787-5

BOOK REVIEW: The Quarries of Lakeland

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: The Quarries of Lakeland

1:00pm Sunday 11th May 2014

THE QUARRIES OF LAKELAND by David Glover, £15 ISBN 978-1-904147763

BOOK REVIEW: Walk Borrowdale and Keswick

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Walk Borrowdale and Keswick

3:00pm Saturday 10th May 2014

WALK BORROWDALE & KESWICK by Bill Birkett, £9.95 ISBN 978-0-956429636

BOOK REVIEW: Yorkshire's Three Peaks: The Inside Story of The Dales

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Yorkshire's Three Peaks: The Insidde Story of The Dales

3:00pm Sunday 4th May 2014

AS ONE of the many thousands of walkers who have scaled the Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales in one day, I’m well aware of the beautiful scenery to be encountered.

BOOK REVIEW: Grow Your Own In Lancashire

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Grow Your Own In Lancashire

8:00pm Saturday 3rd May 2014

GROW YOUR OWN IN LANCASHIRE by Malcolm Greenhalgh, £12.99 ISBN 978-1-874181934

Kendal church 'says it with flowers'

6:20pm Monday 28th April 2014

A floral fundraiser bursting with the lyrical lines of some of the world’s finest poets is being held this bank holiday weekend.


The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Tandem

7:00pm Saturday 26th April 2014

TANDEM by Alex Morgan, £8.99 ISBN 978-0-957695740

Top Grasmere literary series celebrates the great range and diversity of contemporary poetry

The Westmorland Gazette: Simon Armitage, whose annual Grasmere reading at St Oswald’s Church (July 1, 7.30pm) is one of the highlights of the Wordsworth Trust calendar

9:20am Saturday 26th April 2014

THE Wordsworth Trust season of poetry readings is regarded as one of the best around.

BOOK REVIEW: Flights of Fancy

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Flights of Fancy

8:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Harry Fancy, £6.99 (Amazon) ISBN 978-0-982552506

Grasmere literary gathering puts acclaimed women poets centre stage

The Westmorland Gazette: Highly acclaimed poet-performer Patience Agbabi

12:20pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Popular poet-performer Patience Agbabi reads from her modern reworking of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales during next weekend’s much awaited Dorothy Wordsworth Festival of Women’s Poetry at Grasmere.

Keswick's Words by the Water festival is ten-day literary cracker

The Westmorland Gazette: Author Joanna Trollope, one of the many top names at Words by the Water

8:10am Saturday 1st March 2014

Once again the stars come out in Keswick for one of the nation’s top literary gatherings.

Book Review: Why National Parks? Ian O. Brodie

The Westmorland Gazette: Book Review: Why National Parks? Ian O. Brodie

6:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

WHY NATIONAL PARKS? by Ian O. Brodie, ISBN 978-1-904098522, £14.50

Book Review: Do I have an angel? Amanda Tooke

The Westmorland Gazette: Boor Review: Do I have an angel? Amanda Tooke

6:00pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

DO I HAVE AN ANGEL? by Amanda Tooke, ISBN 978-0-992751418, £9.99

BOOK REVIEW: Live a Life of No Regrets

The Westmorland Gazette: Live a Life of No Regrets

6:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

LIVE A LIFE OF NO REGRETS, by Suzie Hayman, 978-1-444187076, £10.99

BOOK REVIEW: A North Lancashire Railway Album

The Westmorland Gazette: A North Lancashire Railway Album

3:00pm Sunday 26th January 2014

A NORTH LANCASHIRE RAILWAY ALBUM by Leslie R Gilpin, £14.50 ISBN 978-0-957038738

BOOK REVIEW: 66 Chances

The Westmorland Gazette: 66 Chances

7:00pm Saturday 18th January 2014

66 CHANCES, by Neil Buxton, £6.77 ISBN 978-1-492801450

Storyteller Taffy Thomas puts his spoken words in print

8:40am Saturday 18th January 2014

Taffy Thomas has been busy putting together two books to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War One.

BOOK REVIEW: An Island Fit For Horses

The Westmorland Gazette: An Island Fit For Horses

7:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

AN ISLAND FIT FOR HORSES by Michael P Ashton, £9.49 ISBN 978-1-491256459

BOOK REVIEW: Life on an Eden farm during wartime

The Westmorland Gazette: Children of the Dale

4:00pm Tuesday 31st December 2013

CHILDREN OF THE DALE by Elizabeth Blenkharn, £9 ISBN 978-1-904524953

BOOK REVIEW: Apples and Cumbria

The Westmorland Gazette: The Apples and Orchards of Cumbria

6:00pm Friday 27th December 2013

The apples and orchards of Cumbria by Andy Gilchrist, £9, ISBN 9-781904-524557

BOOK REVIEW: Store Detective Shares her Memories

The Westmorland Gazette: Memoirs of a Store Detective

2:00pm Thursday 26th December 2013

Memoirs of a store detective by Christine Smith, £9.99 ISBN 978-0-722343234

Charlie Fox author in the spotlight

The Westmorland Gazette: Top thriller writer Zoe Sharp

6:20pm Sunday 22nd December 2013

Zoe Sharp is up there among the thriller writing elite.

BOOK REVIEW: Rachael: A Remarkable Record Breaker

10:00am Friday 13th December 2013

RACHAEL: A REMARKABLE RECORD BREAKER by Joyce Buxton, £11.95 ISBN 978-1-909461062

Farfield's Tales of the Dales exhibition brings classic legends and historical characters to life

6:10pm Sunday 8th December 2013

For the past two years Ian Scott Massie has researched and collected stories of all kinds from the Yorkshire Dales.

Exciting new chapter opens for young writers award

8:20am Sunday 24th November 2013

THE Anne Pierson Award for Cumbria Young Writers has landed a top slot at Words by the Water.

Roger McGough - patron saint of poetry

9:10am Sunday 29th September 2013

A NEW book of poems by Roger McGough is always an exciting event.

Tragedy and action in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano novel

The Westmorland Gazette: Tragedy and action in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano novel

4:14pm Wednesday 25th September 2013

The Age Of Doubt by Andrea Camilleri (Mantle, hardback £16.99)

Top-notch thriller from John le Carre

The Westmorland Gazette: Top-notch thriller from John le Carre

9:24am Wednesday 18th September 2013

A Delicate Truth by John le Carre (Viking, £19.99).

Writers Fred D’Aguiar and William Letford share Wordsworth Trust stage

The Westmorland Gazette: Prize-winning poet, novelist and playwright Fred D’Aguiar

4:40pm Monday 10th June 2013

THE Wordsworth Trust’s fortnightly poetry gatherings continue with a fresh find from Scotland waxing lyrical alongside a well-versed voice from across the Atlantic.

Wordsworth Trust season continues with leading light of poetry

The Westmorland Gazette: Hannah Lowe

10:10am Saturday 11th May 2013

W N HERBERT and Hannah Lowe share the stage in the next reading event in the Wordsworth Trust poetry series on May 21.

Top poet Roger McGough plays Keswick's Theatre by the Lake

The Westmorland Gazette: 'Patron saint of poetry’ Roger McGough

6:30pm Monday 15th April 2013

Carol Ann Duffy calls him ‘the patron saint of poetry.’

Horse shock for Inspector Montalbano in latest Andrea Camilleri mystery

The Westmorland Gazette: The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri

11:14am Friday 22nd March 2013

The Track Of Sand: Andrea Camilleri (Picador, £7.99).

A darker side of life couldn’t break Blackburn-born author Josephine Cox

The Westmorland Gazette: SURVIVAL STORY Josephine Cox

4:11pm Monday 25th February 2013

SHE hates her books being branded ‘romantic fiction’ — and there’s a much darker side to the novels of best-selling East Lancashire-born author Josephine Cox.

Plenty of poetry and prose in Wordsworth Trust festival line-up

1:50pm Thursday 10th January 2013

THE Wordsworth Trust’s Arts and Book Festival weekend features a cornucopia of workshops, talks, entertainment and readings.

When Ziggy rocked the world

The Westmorland Gazette: Dylan Jones's book

12:56pm Monday 31st December 2012

When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie And Four Minutes That Shook The World by Dylan Jones (Preface, £20)

Keith Richardson’s The Greta flows as beautifully as the river itself

The Westmorland Gazette: The Greta with Lonscale Fell in background photograph by Val Corbert

11:00am Saturday 15th December 2012

SOMETIMES a real gem of a book drops on to the arts desk.

Litfest blazes another literary trail around Lancaster

The Westmorland Gazette: Poet, comedian and performer, John Hegley

6:20pm Monday 15th October 2012

JOHN Hegley is one of the leading wordsmiths in the Litfest 2012 line-up.

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